JERUSALEM (Mar. 14)
The Jewish National Fund is ready to hand over to the Ministry of Housing a tract of 200 dunams in the Rafah region south of Gaza which the JNF has now fully prepared for settlement. Upon this tract will arise the first homes in the planned “Absalom” regional center which is to serve the kibbutzim and settlements of the region. Completion of the ground-clearing and infrastructure-preparing work was announced in Beersheba this week by JNF chairman Jacob Tsur who toured the area. Tsur also revealed that JNF was making feasibility studies of a scheme to lay a new road from the Arava settlement of Ein Yahav to the central Negev settlements of Revivim and Sde Boker. The road, if laid, would greatly ease transport problems from the Arava to the center of the country.